1852 (dated) 13 x 16 in (33.02 x 40.64 cm)
This is a fascinating example of the 1852 Justus Perthes map of Switzerland. It covers all of Switzerland and parts of neighboring France, Germany, Austria and Italy. Map is highly detailed with both political and physical data. Various cities, mountains, roads, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details are noted.
Switzerland at this time was undergoing a rapid social and economic change known as the Regeneration Movement. Following the French July Revolution in 1830 the Swiss began assemble and call for fair representation and new cantonal constitutions. Many of the cantons subsequently established representative governments and instituted freedom of the press and trade.
Political and regional borders are highlighted in outline color. Unlike other cartographic publishers of the period, the Justus Perthes firm did not transition to lithographic printing techniques. Instead, all of their maps are copper plate engravings and hence offer a level of character and depth of detail that was impossible to find in lithography or wax-process engraving. All text is in German. Issued as plate no. 32 in the 1854 edition of Stieler's Hand-Atlas.
Justus Perthes (1749 - 1812) was one of the most important German cartographic engravers of the 19th century. Perthes began his publishing empire with the 1784 issue of the famed survey of European nobility known as the Almanac de Gotha. In 1817 Perthes switched his focus to cartographic publishing. From 1817 to 1890 the Perthes firm would issue thousands of maps for more than 20 different atlases. Along with the visionary editors Stieler, Peterman, Meyer and Spruner, the Perthes firm pioneered the Hand Atlas. He also produced a number of important wall maps and case maps. Perthes maps are admired for their steel plate engraving, incredible detail, dedication to accuracy, and fine colorization. The Justus Perthes firm continues to produce maps and atlases to this day.
Adolf Stieler (1775–1836) was a German cartographer who worked most of his life in the Justus Perthes Geographical Institute in Gotha. His atlases are deservedly held in high esteem for their excellence. His Handatlas was the leading German world atlas until the middle of the 20th century, parts of which were printed until 1944.
Stieler, A., Stieler's Hand-Atlas (Germany: Perthes) 1854.
Very good. Some wear on original centerfold. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.